Vet on call: Before you invest in pigs, please read this

Agriculture students at the Eldoret Agricultural Training Institute check on pigs they keep in the institution's farm. Pig populations in the country have been threatened by diseases, especially the African swine fever. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NMG

What you need to know:

  • The 2009 count put the national pig population at about 300,000 and 1.8 million for donkeys. Pig populations since the census have been threatened by diseases, especially the African swine fever.
  • A friend told him it was unprofitable to feed pregnant pigs. He suggested that Ndung’u should just be buying weaner piglets and growing them to baconer weight in about five months.
  • Such kind of farming requires very high standards of record-keeping and management to accurately track expenses and also ensure there is no interruption in the piglet’s growth curve.
  • Once pigs are provided adequate feed, they will take a short time to eat and then spend most of the other time sleeping and adding weight.

I am one of the persons who would be eagerly waiting for the results of the ongoing census in the coming months.

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